Beautifully written and skilfully argued, Andrew Hobbs’s book makes a significant contribution to the study of the Victorian newspaper and periodical press. He reminds us that readers—the ordinary working people whose mindset historians care about—looked to the journalism of their local communities. The book also contributes to a broader social and cultural historiography—not only of Preston but of the whole concept of ‘locality’ and communication in Britain’s nineteenth century.
Prof. Leslie Howsam
University of Windsor
[This book] will hopefully encourage more scholars to explore the many different facets of the provincial press […] to help build a national history of print culture of which A Fleet Street in Every Town would be a foundation stone.
Publishing History, 2020.